There are two absolutes about
The day will be long and you will get
tired! Here are some useful tips for dealing with tiredness
and the “long day”. In no particular order, here they are.
can’t take credit for this! I got this bit of advice from
Lindsay Weight. It’s applicable throughout the day but comes
into its own when you are tired. Let me explain.
you are tired it is so much more difficult to motivate
yourself. You are using all your effort just to keep your
legs moving. It is difficult to send positive messages from
your brain to your body. Now, this is where making eye
contact works so well. When you make eye contact with
it evokes a reaction from this person. They will somehow
acknowledge the eye
contact made. From experience I have
found it is usually a smile or a “keep going”, “well done” or “looking
good”. By their reaction they are “sending” a positive
message to my body because I am hearing what they are saying and
“passing the message” on. Go on, try it in your next race!
this isn’t mine to take credit for. Yes, it was Lindsay’s favourite
“last minute” advice to Comrades runners. Smile,
it evokes a reaction from anyone who sees you. You’ll hear
things like “look at her (him) smiling,
you’re looking good”.
Again, you are getting positive feedback which is being absorbed by
to the water tables
great way to get positive
feedback is by GIVING positive
feedback! How? Well, at the water
tables, make eye
contact, speak to the helpers, thank them for their
Acknowledge that they have also been up and working since early
morning. By being positive and nice to someone else, keeps
your own spirits on a high!
could be categorized under mental and
the run. Don’t hang around negative runners! If you
are running alongside someone who keeps making negative comments,
them. You don’t want negative messages heard by your
brain. In the same way, try and stick to someone
positive. That is, someone who is joking and laughing and
appears to have a plan.
thing is, on Comrades, everything hurts, so just keep ‘rotating the
pain’. Basically what this means is that if for
knee is hurting, move on to something else that could also be hurting,
let’s say, your calf muscle. Turn your focus to your
calf. Before you know it, you will have forgotten about your
knee. When the calf pain becomes prominent, think about
another body part or muscle and “rotate
the pain” to that
part. Sounds crazy? Try it!
up and run
External links: Official Comrades
use this mantra to keep going when you are tired and wanting to
stop. Stop whinging and just keep going. It is AS
SIMPLE AS THAT!
man for himself
you have to answer to your family, friends, running mates and work
colleagues. Your objective is to cross the finish line before
cut off. Drop your buddies if they are holding you
back! Now that may sound cold-hearted but don’t worry about
them, the “next runner” will come along and pick them up and keep them
going. Much like you will come along and “pick up” someone
else along the route who will “need and use” you for a while.
doesn’t mean that you have to stick to running with
one buddy, it means to keep going as best you can and helping your
fellow runner as and when you are running with them. I hope I
am making sense!
just look around you, you are not the only one out there feeling the
way you are. Everybody hurts, sometime!
words: running Comrades,
eye contact, smile, water tables, positive
feedback, negative comments, rotate the pain
links: mental considerations,
shut up and